With his latest allegations concerning Mt. Kenya, Rigathi Gachagua, Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate, has spelled death for the Kenya Kwanza presidential contender.
Rigathi claimed in an interview that Mt. Kenya is restless as a result of Ruto’s decision to choose him as his running mate instead of Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki.
Gachagua said that his pick by Ruto as his running mate was not warmly received by a section of Mt. Kenya, similar to how some spouses come in and divide some families.
Mt. Kenya leaders aligned to Kenya Kwanza have been split between the Mt. Kenya East and Mt. Kenya West, according to him.
“I had led these people for four years and we were okay then … We related like brothers and sisters … we differed when this seat came up for grabs and many of them are yet to agree with Ruto’s decision to pick me as his No.2 instead of Kindiki,” the outspoken lawmaker said.
While admitting that Kithure Kindiki had defeated him in the votes cast in search for Ruto’s running mate, Gachagua said he was picked because he was more compatible with Ruto than Kindiki.
It was widely reported that Kindiki garnered 24 out of the 30 votes that were cast at Ruto’s official residence in Karen for the running mate post, defeating Gachagua who only got a paltry 6 votes.
Kindiki comes from Mt Kenya East while Rigathi Gachagua hails from the West of Mt. Kenya.